Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House

From Saturday 4th March 2017 10:00 to Sunday 25th June 2017 16:00

Through stories of the dolls’ houses, which span the past 300 years, visitors will be taken on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships.

The small stories of each house will be brought to life by the characters that live or work there. Day-to-day life will be illuminated through tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime. Each house will be displayed at a particular time of day and visitors can use buttons alongside the showcases to activate the narration and light up each character as they talk.

The exhibition encompasses country mansions, the Georgian town house, suburban villas, newly-built council estates and high-rise apartments. Displayed chronologically, the houses will also show developments in architecture and design.

Highlights include: The Tate Baby House, The Killer House, Whiteladies House, The Hopkinson House, Kaleidoscope House’s and the finale of the exhibition is Dream House 2017, featuring magical, miniature rooms specially created by Norfolk architects, artists, makers, students, and school groups.

The exhibition will also feature a play area with dolls’ houses and furniture for children (and grown-ups!) to arrange to their hearts’ content and construction toys to build their own.

Meanwhile Norwich Castle’s sister museum, Strangers’ Hall, will present a complementary programme of events and displays, drawing on the museum’s extensive toy collections. Visitors will be able to see the newly conserved Norwich Baby House in the Strangers’ Hall Toy Room, alongside delightful examples of dolls’ houses, dolls’ furniture and miniatures arranged for the duration of the show only throughout our period room settings. A special trail ‘Small Stories at Strangers’ Hall’ will help visitors to discover them all.


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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Meadow, Norwich, NR1 3JU

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